Two of the biggest tournaments of the summer are coming to central Maine next week, and the hosting courses are ready.

The Maine Women’s Amateur Championship will be at Waterville Country Club Monday through Wednesday. The Charlie’s Maine Open will be at the Augusta Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

“We’ve got the course in really good shape,” Waterville Country Club pro Don Roberts said.

Roberts said the grounds crew at Waterville hasn’t done anything to make the course more difficult in anticipation of the tournament. The rough hasn’t been allowed to grow longer, for example.

“It’ll be just like it is for members,” Roberts said.

At Augusta, recovering from damage sustained over the winter has been a summer-long proposition. Long standing ice was not kind to Augusta’s greens, and replanting grass has been a long process.

“We’ve done some aggressive fertilization, twice a week. We’re hitting it hard. We’re doing everything we can to get the grass back,” Augusta Country Club pro Jason Hurd said. “The green speeds won’t be where people expect for the Open, but we can have good pin position to offset that.”

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The 17th annual BIW Pipeshop Scramble is set for Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Meadows Golf Course in Litchfield. This year the tournament will benefit the House In The Woods, a hunting and fishing retreat in Lee specifically for service members and their families.

The House In the Woods is run by Paul and Dee House, whose son Joel was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as closest to the pin on all par 3’s, longest drive, longest putt and closest to the line. Other raffles and a 50/50 will be held during the tournament.

The tournament is looking for sponsors and donations. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Rick Roberts at 740-3646.

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A handful of young pros with Maine ties will compete close to home twice in the coming days. First at the Greater Bangor Open, which concludes today at Bangor Municipal Golf Course, followed by the two day Charlie’s Maine Open, beginning at the Augusta Country Club on Monday.

Among the young pros scheduled to play in both tournaments is Pittston’s Ryan Gay, a three-time winner of the Maine Amatuer title. Others set to play both tourneys include Jesse Spiers — who won the Maine Am in 2009 — two-time Maine Am runner-up JJ Harris and 2006 Maine Am winner Shawn Warren.

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The Maine State Golf Association B & C Championship was held at Natanis on Monday and Tuesday. Shawn W. Casey was the gross winner in Class B with a two day score of 155, three strokes ahead of Mark Boivin. The net winner in Class B was David Stonebreaker with a score of 137.

In Class C, Mike Perreault won with a gross score of 165, one stroke ahead of Otis Kneeland. The net winner in Class C was Frank Reynolds at 127.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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